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MINNESOTA WINDSTORM-RESCUE

Trees fall, hurt campers in BWCA windstorm

VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) - Two groups of campers were rescued after strong winds knocked down trees on them in northern Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

In one incident, two women with serious injuries were flown from the Loon Lake area. The St. Louis County Rescue Squad says the women had trees lying on them for several hours. WDIO-TV reports others in the group had less severe injuries.

The sheriff's office says two campers in a group of 17 from Louisiana near Lady Boot Bay were injured when trees fell on their tents early Monday. The Star Tribune reports first responders took the two by ambulance to a Virginia, Minnesota, hospital for treatment of noncritical injuries.

The two are identified as 13-year-old Hayden Toups of Brusly, Louisiana, and 47-year-old Kirk Sanchez of Port Allen, Louisiana.

WINONA ST-PLAYER DIES

Former Illini player dies in workout at new school

WINONA, Minn. (AP) - Campus officials say a football player at Winona State University who recently transferred from Illinois has died while working out with teammates.

Winona State said in a news release that 22-year-old Shawn Afryl died Tuesday during a workout at Maxwell Field on the campus in Winona, Minnesota. Information about his cause of death was not immediately available.

School officials said the 6-foot-3, 310-pound offensive lineman had recently enrolled after his transfer.

Illini coach Tim Beckman said in a statement that his players were saddened to hear of the death of a "great teammate." Winona State coach Tom Sawyer said Afryl had shown maturity and leadership in his short time at the Division II school.

Afryl is a graduate of Niles West High School in Skokie, Illinois, in the Chicago suburbs.

SNIPER AUTHOR-VENTURA-JURY

Jury in Ventura trial breaks for day; no verdict

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The jury deliberating in former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against late "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle has gone home for the day without reaching a verdict.

The six-man, four-woman jury got the case around noon Tuesday after hearing closing arguments. They left the federal courthouse in St. Paul about 4:30 p.m. They're due to reconvene at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Ventura testified during the two-week trial that Kyle fabricated a passage in his 2012 best-seller about punching him in a California bar in 2006 after Ventura allegedly made remarks insulting Navy SEALs. But Kyle said in videotaped testimony that his story was accurate.

Ventura's attorney suggested that $5 million to $15 million would be reasonable compensation. An attorney for Kyle's estate said Ventura failed to prove his case.

COLLEGES SUED

Attorney general sues 2 colleges

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against two colleges, accusing the schools of misleading criminal justice students about their ability to land a job in their field and about transferring credits to other institutions.

Attorney General Lori Swanson said Tuesday the Minnesota School of Business and Globe University try to attract prospective students who want to become police officers, but don't offer the educational requirements to become a licensed police officer under Minnesota law. The schools, which are under common ownership, aren't regionally accredited and don't offer a program approved by a state standards board.

In a statement, the schools call the lawsuit "an unnecessary enforcement action" that will hurt students and graduates.

The schools have 11 campuses in Minnesota, seven in Wisconsin and one in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-MINNESOTA

Dayton seeks pre-election release of MNsure rates

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota lawmakers are welcoming news that prices on Minnesota's health insurance exchange may be released ahead of schedule.

Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday announced plans to publish MNsure rates by Oct. 1. Republicans had criticized his administration for not committing to release rates before election day.

Rates must be published before open enrollment on Nov. 15, but can be released earlier if all health plans agree. Rates were published almost a month early last year.

Rep. Tara Mack, an Apple Valley Republican on a MNsure oversight panel, says it's a good idea but thinks the decision should have been made sooner.

The Department of Commerce recently received rate proposals from health plans. A department representative says he's confident they can agree on rates in time for an Oct. 1 release.

DECK SHOOTING

Teen shot while standing outside home

ECKLES TOWNSHIP, Minn. (AP) - Sheriff's deputies in northern Minnesota are investigating after a girl was shot several times while standing on the deck of her home.

The 17-year-old was able to call 911 after she was shot Monday about 10 p.m. Beltrami County sheriff's deputies responded to the Eckles Township house and began first aid until an ambulance arrived. The teen was taken to Bemidji Sanford Hospital, then transferred to a Duluth hospital.

Deputies and Bemidji officers searched the neighborhood for the shooting suspect and arrested a 40-year-old man a couple blocks away. The man is in the Beltrami County Jail.

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